2021 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship
Architectural Designer at Jacobs
Clemson University (M.Arch)
Julian Owens focused on community-designed and built projects while studying at Clemson. The goal was to learn how to positively influence the lives of others through design. There is a community within every project, and he has committed himself to the advancement of those underserved.
At Clemson University, where he received his Master’s Degree in Architecture, he founded the university’s chapter of NOMAS, led the chapter into exponential growth, and has since been heavily involved in NOMA on the national level. He served as one of two National Student Representatives from 2016 to 2018, and currently serves as Secretary on the National Executive Board. His passion for community impact continues to grow through his involvement in NOMA.
In 2020, Julian founded Pledge of Excellence Inc, a nonprofit organization that seeks to acknowledge and amplify the overlooked, pre-existing excellence that lives in marginalized communities. Through the organization, Julian contributes his skillset to the mission, in hopes to inspire current and future generations in his community.
Julian currently resides in Washington, D.C. and holds a position as an architectural designer at Jacobs. He finds it exciting to work in the firm’s collaborative environment, while also finding creative ways to stay engaged in the community.